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Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Monday, January 25, 2016

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 341 days left in 2016.

Bloomberg is eyeing an independent run for the White House. Utah lawmakers get back to work today. Utahns support the effort to take control of public lands.

The clock:

  • Today is the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
  • Seven days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus - (2/1/2016)
  • 15 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (2/9/2016)
  • 45 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
  • 57 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
  • 89 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
  • 155 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
  • 288 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)

Monday's top-10 headlines:

  1. Billionaire and former Mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg is seriously considering an independent run for president [Wall Street Journal, ABC News].
  2. Donald Trump boasts that he could "stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot someone" without losing support from voters [CNN].
  3. The lastest election forecast gives Trump a 55% chance of winning the Iowa caucuses [FiveThirtyEight].
  4. Tina Fey reprises her role as Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live and fricassees the former Vice Presidential nominee [Time].
  5. 94% of the campaign cash given to Utah legislators came from special interest groups, not constituents [Tribune].
  6. A majority of Utahns support the effort to wrest control of public lands within the state away from the federal government [Utah Policy].
  7. As the 2016 Utah Legislature gets underway today, Democrats and activists continue to decry closed caucus meetings by legislative Republicans [Deseret News].
  8. Some of the big issues lawmakers expect to tackle this year (in no particular order):
    1. Medicaid expansion [Deseret News].
    2. Guns [Deseret News].
    3. Liquor policy [Tribune].
    4. Air quality [Deseret News].
    5. Online sales tax [Fox 13].
  9. Gov. Gary Herbert says he's skeptical of a plan, pushed by Democrats, boost funding for public schools [Utah Policy].
  10. Nearly 70% of Utah Mormons support the LDS Church's new policy on same-sex couples while non-Mormons are decidedly opposed [Tribune].

On this day in history:

  • 1533 - King Henry VIII secretly married Anne Boleyn, his second wife.
  • 1787 - Shays' Rebellion suffered a setback when debt-ridden farmers led by Capt. Daniel Shays failed to capture an arsenal at Springfield, Mass.
  • 1915 - Transcontinental phone service was inaugurated by Alexander Graham Bell in a hookup between New York and San Francisco.
  • 1961 - Newly inaugurated President John Kennedy had the first televised presidential news conference.

Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Majority of Utahns Support State Effort to Take Control of Federal Lands

A narrow majority of Utahns want the state government to take over federal lands within our borders, a new UtahPolicy poll by Dan Jones & Associates shows....

Herbert Skeptical of Dems Education Funding Proposal (Video)

Gov. Gary Herbert says he is open to discussing ways to boost funding for public education, but he's not sure the proposal being floated by Legislative Democrats is the right path....

Gov. Gary Herbert Plays the 'Lightning Round'

Gov. Gary Herbert is the latest victim on the "Lightning Round."He has 60-seconds to answer as many stupid questions as Managing Editor/Quizmaster Bryan Schott can throw at him....

Utah Policy/KSL Insider Survey: Bishop's Land Bill

Last week Reps. Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz unveiled their ambitious public lands proposal which they say strikes a balance between conservation, economic development, and recreation....

Hatch: Declare War on ISIS

Sen. Orrin Hatch signs onto a joint-resolution to authorize the use of military force against the terrorist group Islamic State. The resolution would grant the Obama administration sweeping war powers....

Policy News

GOED Announces New Office of Outdoor Recreation Director
The Governor’s Office of Economic Development is pleased to announce that Kenneth Thomas Adams has accepted the position of director for the Office of Outdoor Recreation.  ...

Sustained Fall in Gasoline Prices Contributes to Slight Decline in Wasatch Front Consumer Price Index
The Zions Bank Wasatch Front Consumer Price Index decreased 0.3 percent from November to December on a non-seasonally adjusted basis. The index has increased 1.8 percent since this same time last year, which is very near the Federal Reserve’s national inflation target ...

Hatch Speaks on Anniversary of Roe v. Wade, March for Life
Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, the senior Republican in the United States Senate spoke on the Senate floor on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, and the commencement of the weekend’s March for Life events....

Hatch Statement at Finance Committee Hearing Examining Obamacare CO-OPs
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) delivered the following opening statement at a hearing examining the management failures of Obamacare’s Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans (CO-OPs) and its impact on consumers, patients and taxpayers:...

New Law Forces Utah Employers to File Tax Information Electronically
The deadline is rapidly approaching for Utah employers to meet new legal requirements to electronically file state income tax documents of employees....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Rolly: Utahns lambaste their legislators but vote for them anyway

Op-ed: State film subsidy is handout to Hollywood billionaires

Op-ed: Keep Utah’s language education momentum going through high school

Editorial: Computers over teachers? Not the question

Editorial: Another constitutional amendment won’t fix Utah schools

Lawmakers rake in cash from special interests

Majority of Utahns wants to scrap state’s monopoly on booze

Major work coming for I-215 in western Salt Lake County

Growing pains: Discord at Glendale Community Council

UTA doubles Capitol bus service for legislative session

Utah guv’s George Carlin-inspired ‘Que pasa’ remark offends some Latino lawmakers

Utahns air tortoise vs. road dispute at congressional field hearing

Despite setbacks and cost, Utahns still want health care for poor

Utahns divided on public-lands transfer, Lyman punishment

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Utah Legislature blasting off with election-year session

John Florez: Open the people's house

Lane Beattie: Business leadership key to our economic success

Jay Evensen; End fighting over public lands in the state

Editorial: Utahns need to understand and appreciate the value of their citizen Legislature

Congressional committee rails on BLM over Washington County land plans

Health care services executive enters Utah governor's race

UTA adds extra bus service to state Capitol during legislative session

Salt Lake City leaders seeking Legislature's help in addressing air quality, homelessness

Public lands 'listening' session brings howls of complaints against feds

Rising penalties drive Utahns to sign up for health care, but concerns grow

Behind closed doors: Public decisions made in private

Utah Dems look ahead, celebrate at annual legislative gala

President Harrison billboards teach a lesson to Utah's lieutenant governor

Utah lawmakers get creative with Medicaid expansion

Utah lawmakers to grapple with gun issues

No insurance, but still clinging to hope


Redd: Many Utahns may support Medicaid expansion, but it's not that simple (Logan Herald Journal)

Editorial: It's time to take away the state GOP's power (Daily Herald)

Issues to watch for during the upcoming Utah legislative session (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Governor Herbert, tear down this Zion Curtain (Standard-Examiner)

Utah lawmakers gear up for the 2016 legislative session (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Bloomberg trial balloon has Republicans laughing (Politico)

Iowa’s Des Moines Register endorses Clinton, Rubio (Politico)

Federal government closed Monday (The Hill)

Trump takes credit for Sanders momentum (The Hill)

Sanders: Clinton is running a ‘desperate’ campaign that lacks excitement (Washington Post)

Joni Ernst to campaign with Rubio Monday (Washington Examiner)

Meet the New Hampshire newspaper publisher who’s at war with Donald Trump (Washington Post)

Sanders, Clinton cool to Bloomberg's possible entry into 2016 race (Reuters)

Poll: Donald Trump gained 15 points on Ted Cruz in Iowa in two weeks (Washington Post)

Why President Obama Says He Wouldn't Want to Run for a Third Term (ABC News)

Bear market unlikely to trigger U.S. recession, history shows (MarketWatch)


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